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I’m just posting my kit for your critique. I’m a police medic with a UK force and use this bag when on operational duties and also as my personal family kit. My core role is uniformed response but bring my medic training to calls as required…mostly patching up drunks unfortunately. I always seem to be tied up somewhere when a decent trauma comes in
Medications are conspicuously absent as I am not permitted to administer any other than helping the patient with their own.
I also have access to an AED and oxygen therapy equipment which are not pictured as they are a shared kit so stay in the station for all the medics to use.
Let me know what you think guys.
The bag is a Blackhawk Special Operations Medical Pack which was bought out of pocket as I only get issued a medic vest which is not practicable to use for regular duties. On the compression straps on the outside of the pack I have added a couple of trauma shears and a roll of duct tape.
The front of the bag houses a flat zip pocket which holds the following;
Medic Forms, pens and some laminated aid-memoirs.
Nitrile gloves (x loads)
Alcohol hand sanitiser
Additional trauma supplies:
- 3x SP Services T4 trauma dressings
- 4x NA Rescue S-Rolled Gauze for wound packing
Opening the bag reveals my catastrophic bleed section and general wound dressings pouches.
The zip pouches contain the following items;
2x CAT tourniquets (Orange)
4x NA Rescue S-Rolled Gauze for wound packing
2x SP Services T6 trauma dressings
2x 6” ‘Israeli’ ETD
1x CELOX 35g Granules
ABD pad dressings
- 5x 10x12cm
- 2x 20x20cm
- 1x 20x40cm
4x 10cm Conforming bandages
4x 7.5cm Conforming bandages
5x 7.5x7.5cm 5 pack Sterile Non-Woven Gauze Swabs
Minor wounds pack – Various plasters, Steri-strips, non-adherent pad (telfa) dressings
Folding back the the airway/equipment board allows access to the main compartment.
I have set up the airway/equipment board in my bag as follows;
- 2x Size 4
- 2x Size 3
- 2x Size 2
- 1x Size 1
- 1x Size 0
- 1x Size 00
As a side note I am aware the number of OPA's may seem excessive but I use them quite frequently as a 'screening' device for the surprisingly large number of people (read: drunks, bums and general muppets) who want to be silly and act unresponsive when I am pretty sure they are well aware of what's going on...pretty hard to feign unconsciousness with a size 4 OPA in you
Argyle Nasopharyngeal Airways w/ Surgilube sachets
- 1x 26Fr
- 1x 30Fr
- 1x 34Fr
10x Tongue depressors
2x Asherman Chest Seals
2x Petrolatum Gauze dressings
1x Nonin GO pulse oximeter
1x Adult Magill Forceps
1x Pen light
1x High Intensity white chem lights
1x Permanent black markers
1x 0.3L sharps tube
The main compartment of the bag is not particularly segmented with a large fold over bag at the top and a flat, hydration bladder sleeve to the rear.
I use the fold over bag for bulky airway items and further diagnostic kit.
Welsh Allyn DS54 sphygmomanometer
Optium Xceed Glucometer
Littmann Master Classic II stethoscope - All black edition
Also pictured but kept with airways Nonin GO Pulse Oximeter
Tape - 2.5 and 5cm Transpore, 2.5cm Durapore, 2.5cm Micropore
Ambu SPUR II Adult BVM
Suction Easy Aspirator
The bag can fold back to expose the whole of the main compartment
I carry the remainder of my kit in this area
2x Foil blankets
4x CAS STRAPS (1x restraint, 1x long, 2x short)
1x Roll cling film
4x Burnshield gel dressings (2x 20x20cm, 2x 10x10cm)
1x 500ml NS IV bolus - for irrigation, dressing moistening and burn cooling.
4x Calico triangular bandages
Assorted phials and sterets of normal saline and Tisept.
1x Laerdal Stiffneck Select Adult Cervical Collar
2x SAM splints
Not shown but also have a 12x30" multi trauma dressing in the back of the main compartment.
I think that about covers it. I keep changing the bag contents around but I'm quite happy with the layout for now. I would love a STOMP 2 but at the moment I'd have difficulty justifying the price having spent a fair bit on some of the contents, mainly the diagnostics. I'll probably pick up a STOMP end of the year but for now I'm very happy with the Spec Ops bag.
Let me know what you think guys, I welcome constructive criticism
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